Student Picks: "The Birth of a Black Future" curated by Mosa Molapo '22

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Cunningham Center, 4–8pm
  • Science fiction, a genre that conveys images of flying cars, holograms, space travel, aliens and alienation is unbelievably expansive. Despite this, there are still characteristics of contemporary society – namely race – that stay fixated and stagnant. Afro-Futurism is a philosophical, cultural and artistic movement that focuses on the intersection between black lives, technology and the future. It envisions a future unconstrained by oppressive systems – namely racism, misogynoir, and homophobia. In this exhibition, I have tried to visualize a paradoxical future that both centers and de-centers blackness. So, even in works that suggest something post-human, post-race, I am forcefully keeping blackness in mind, allowing it to remain the focus. It is important to question what exactly a black future looks like because black life has been entangled with struggle for centuries; and what Afro-futurism advocates for is the processing of this struggle that will lead black people into a space where they are appreciated, elevated and viewed as three-dimensional beings.